Recent Forum Posts
Donate to Zombiegaming.org
Player Resource Tools
Game Booster 3
Game Booster 3 is capable of delivering the best gaming experience to you even if you have an old PC. One-click to boost PC performance is not enough, Game Booster 3 also allows you to tweak your system for top PC performance. By temporarily shutting background processes and unnecessary Windows services, cleaning RAM, and intensifying processor performance, Game Booster 3 concentrates every little system resource for gaming only.
Game Booster 3 is compatible with PunkBuster, Cheating-Death, VAC, and any other anti-cheat software.
The TCP Optimizer is a free, easy Windows program that provides an intuitive interface for tuning and optimizing your Internet connection. There is no installation required, just download and run.
The program can aid both the novice and the advanced user in tweaking related TCP/IP parameters in Windows, making it easy to tune your system to the type of Internet connection used. The tool uses advanced algorithms, and the bandwidth*delay product to find the best TCP Window for your specific connection speed. It provides for easy tuning of all related TCP/IP parameters, such as MTU, RWIN, and even advanced ones like QoS and ToS/Diffserv prioritization. The program works with all current versions of Windows, and includes additional tools, such as testing average latency over multiple hosts, and finding the largest possible packet size (MTU).
The TCP Optimizer is targeted towards broadband internet connections, however it can be helpful with tuning any internet connection type, from dial-up to Gigabit+ :) It is completely free, requires no installation, and has been downloaded over 3 Million times.
If you need help with the program, check the TCP Optimizer documentation, read our broadband tweaking articles, the Optimizer FAQ, and/or visit our Forums. The program can be freely (re)distributed, as long as you give us proper credit as the author, and it is not sold for profit.
Designed for faster computer processing producing less lags!
CCleaner is by far one of the best products to clean up your Microsoft Windows cache content and registry. It does an amazing job of also uninstalling old programs and killing start-up processes that are truly not needed. This is the primary tool that the Zombie Gaming [ZG] Community recommends in keeping any gaming system running optimally.
Optimize Game Cache Files
Troubleshoot Game Performance
(Advanced Users Only)
(Advanced Users Only)
- fps - Frames per Second
- ping - Network Latency
- loss - % of incoming lost data packets
- choke - % of outgoing lost data packets
10fps - Jerky, continual lag and jitter
20fps - Fair, Intermittent lag and jitter
30fps - Playable, infrequent lag and jitter
60fps - Good, never to no lag and jitter
100fps - Perfect, smooth gameplay
300ms-500ms - 50-80% lag, bad game play
200ms-300ms - 20-50% lag, fair game play
50ms-200ms - 0-10% lag, good game play
0ms-50ms - 0% lag, smooth game play
The percentage of outgoing data packets that are lost. Optimally, you want to keep this to "0"
With now understanding the meaning behind fps, ping, loss and choke, one can now start looking at real time data to determine where performance issues may exist. The Source engine offers a couple of tools to check your client connection speed and quality. The most popular one is the net graph, which can be enabled with net_graph 2 (or +graph). Incoming packets are represented by small lines moving from right to left. The height of each line reflects size of a packet. If a gap appears between lines, a packet was lost or arrived out of order. The lines are color-coded depending on what kind of data they contain.
Under the net graph, the first line shows your current rendered frames per second, your average latency, and the current value of cl_updaterate. The second line shows the size in bytes of the last incoming packet (snapshots), the average incoming bandwidth, and received packets per second. The third line shows the same data just for outgoing packets (user commands).
How to enable, control and disable Net_Graph:
To turn on the netgraph, type net_graph 1 (2 and 3 have additional data)
on the console. To turn it off, type net_graph 0 at the console.
The netgraph may be positioned on the left, middle or right of the screen
by setting net_graphpos to 0, 1, or 2 as needed.
You can adjust the size of the netgraph by setting the net_graphwidth CVAR.
Game Server Tick Speed Tweaks
The following bind commands will allow you to "tweak" your in game settings to optimize game play while playing on different kinds of tickrate half-life engine servers:
F6 Key Bind
To optimize for the fastest settings - Fast 100 Tick Speed Server (open up your developer console and type):
bind "F6" "rate 25000; cl_interp 0; cl_interp_ratio 0; cl_updaterate 101; cl_cmdrate 100"
F5 Key Bind
If your choke or loss is 10+, look to lower your speed to a normal 66 Tick Speed Server (open up your developer console and type):
bind "F5" "rate 15000; cl_interp 0; cl_interp_ratio .01; cl_updaterate 66; cl_cmdrate 66"
F4 Key Bind
If your choke or loss is 5+, look to lower your speed to a slow 33 Tick Server (open up your developer console and type):
bind "F4" "rate 10000; cl_interp 0; cl_interp_ratio .02; cl_updaterate 33; cl_cmdrate 33"
A basic guide for these settings are the following internet connection speeds:
ADSL (1.5Mbps - 6Mbps)
CABLE (3Mbps - 30Mbps)
LAN (50Mbps - 100Mbps)
"rate 7500" "cl_updaterate 20" "cl_cmdrate 30"
"rate 10000" "cl_updaterate 50" "cl_cmdrate 50"
"rate 15000" "cl_updaterate 60" "cl_cmdrate 60"
"rate 25000" "cl_updaterate 100" "cl_cmdrate 100"